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Comment: Re:There's no $$$ to be made in security (Score 1) 95

by DoofusOfDeath (#49140547) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

I beg to differ. I moved from sysadmin to security because this is where the growth is, and doubled my salary. I get headhunters and poachers several times a week trying to lure me away with wheelbarrows full of money. Companies are finally starting to realize they need to take security seriously.

Out of curiosity, what kind of money are you seeing people make for what you do?

Comment: Silliness (Score 5, Insightful) 444

by DoofusOfDeath (#49135693) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

I'd be completely happy with keeping the Windows 7 UI, and just having each Windows release upgrade the guts underneath. And I bet so would 95% of corporations.

I don't understand why Microsoft feels to compelled to tinker with the UI at this point. (Yes I've heard some reasons, I just don't see why they're compelling to Microsoft.)

+ - Whiteboard subsitutes for distributed teams?

Submitted by DoofusOfDeath
DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I work on a fully distributed software development team with 5-10 people. Normally it's great, but when we're doing heavy design work, we really need to all be standing in front of a whiteboard together. This is expensive and time consuming, because it involves airplanes and hotels. Conference calls, editing shared Google docs, etc. just don't seem to be the same. Have people found any good tools or practices to replace standing in front of a real whiteboard?"

Comment: Religious answer (Score 0) 671

I'm sure this will be contentious on /., but it sounds like you're short on time, so I'm not going to beat around the bush.

It's said that 2000 years ago, Jesus died, and three days later rose from the dead. If this is true, you have access to eternal life for yourself, and you may be able to prompt your daughter down that road as well. Quite literally, you would be able to enjoy each other forever.

I encourage you to check this out for yourself. Every argument and counter-argument has already been studied to death, but the trick in your situation is to get to the key issues ASAP so you can make an informed judgment. A good pastor can help, as he's seen this all before. Personally I recommend reading / listening to Tim Keller. His writings and sermons probably address a lot of questions you might have: http://www.redeemer.com/r/qc_a...

I'm very sorry for your suffering. I wish you and your daughter the best.

Comment: Can this be fixed with technology? (Score 5, Interesting) 241

I've seen a joke, maybe on a t-shirt, along the lines of "Every day a vegan skips meat, I'll eat three extra burgers." It's interesting because it exposes the question of whether the vegan is really trying to minimize animal deaths, or just seeks personal sanctity.

I wonder if a similar thing could be made with a Koran-burning machine. The machine is configured so that every time the internet has a new message from Islamicists, the machine automatically dips a Koran in pig blood, burns it, posts the video on YouTube, and sends a Tweet giving credit to the Islamicists who triggered that action.

Comment: Re:Yes, a variety of ways (Score 1) 182

by dkf (#49101417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?

The UK is putting its judicial system under tremendous financial pressure at the moment, to the extent that some criminal cases are just being abandoned because there's insufficient money to run them. They're (finally!) starting to experiment with allowing small claims court cases to be resolved over the phone, and also looking at decriminalising TV license violations to reduce pressure on the system. But you get the idea - the judicial system innovates extremely slowly even when being sliced to the bone. So don't hold your breath.

They're also moving the low-level courts to use a lot more technology to support them, things like video links so remand prisoners do not need to be brought to court, tablet computers with the legal texts on them in searchable form, that sort of thing. These are the sorts of things that technology can definitely help with, even though they definitely change the nature of justice somewhat.

Comment: Re:Judicial "system"? (Score 1) 182

by dkf (#49101349) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?

This is one reason the US (which only funds healthcare for Federal employees, Federal retirees, 65-year-olds, and the poor) actually paid more per capita for health care then the Canadian Federal government did, despite the fact that the Canadian Feds provide 100% of health funding in that country.

The real key is that there is a body in Canada (other than the ordinary Joe on the street) who wants prices to be kept down, and which has the power to actually make that happen. Because keeping charges down is a priority, use of generic drugs will be more widespread, as will the use of programmes to improve general public health (because they tend to be very cost effective overall) and the more rapid progression from diagnosis to treatment. That last point can be both good and bad: good because if they got it right, you're getting treated sooner instead of having more expensive (and possibly invasive) tests done, and bad because if they got it wrong, you're not being treated for what's wrong at all.

Any program which runs right is obsolete.